Venus, Kim bow out of US Open as seeded gamers dominate on second day

NEW YORK: Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters bowed out of the US Open on the first hurdle on Tuesday as seeded gamers dominated the ladies’s draw for a second straight day.

Hours after youthful sister Serena had battled into the second spherical, Venus, 40, was again within the highlight in what was an unbelievable 22nd US Open look.

But Williams, who reached the ultimate of the US Open on her debut on the match in 1997, was crushed within the first spherical for the primary time in her glittering profession by Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic.

Muchova, the 20th seed, had an excessive amount of poise for Williams en path to a 6-3, 7-5 win.

While Williams is aware of that point is operating out on her profession on the prime degree — she has not gone additional than the third spherical at a Slam occasion since 2017 — she insisted afterwards that she plans to proceed enjoying, beginning with this month’s French Open at Roland Garros.

“I love this game,” Williams stated. “I’m good at what I do. It’s simple to remain motivated and enthusiastic about doing one thing so superb. Not many individuals get to do that.

“But I look forward to a few days off. It’s been a lot of work. Looking forward to just having a little bit of a rest before the clay courts.”

Belgium’s Clijsters in the meantime, making the second comeback of her profession and her first look at a Grand Slam since 2012, raised hopes of an upset after taking the primary set of her match with Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The 37-year-old three-time US Open champion ran out of steam although as Alexandrova, seeded 21, accomplished a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win.

This yr’s girls’s area in New York is extra open than ever with world primary Ashleigh Barty, the second-ranked Simona Halep and defending champion Bianca Andreescu all electing to skip the match.

One of the main contenders for the title, second seed Sofia Kenin of the United States, received off the mark with a 6-2, 6-2 win over unseeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.

The 21-year-old, who gained an emotional maiden Grand Slam title at this yr’s Australian Open, later revealed she had cried to herself earlier than the match with the intention to alleviate stress.

“Crying. That’s what I did. I mean, I had to let it out,” Kenin stated. “It’s fine. It worked.”

Kenin will play Canada’s Leylah Fernandez within the second spherical. Fernandez opened her marketing campaign with a 6-4, 7-5, win over Vera Zvonareva on Tuesday.

Ninth seed Jo Konta in the meantime gained the ‘Battle of Britain’ towards compatriot Heather Watson, successful 7-6 (9/7), 6-1.

“There’s always going to be rivalry between compatriots,” Konta stated. “It’s at all times going to be that additional traumatic.

“There’s always going to be an element of people having more judgments and more of an opinion on the outside at home on a match like today,” added Konta, who will play Romania’s Sorana Cirstea within the second spherical.

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